A Belper schoolgirl is hoping to raise more than £3,000 to embark on an Indian expedition next summer.
Lauren Hall, a year ten pupil at Belper School, has been busy organising events to raise the funds needed for the trip, which takes place in the summer of 2014.
The total cost of the trip is £3,300, which she aims to raise herself through sponsors, fundraising events and part-time jobs. So far she has raised £300, but needs to reach £1,000 by May 7, followed by instalments throughout the year.
Lauren, 14, of Melbourne Close, said: “We got a letter about it in January from school, then a guy did a presentation which really interested me and I thought I’ve got to do it.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am determined to raise the money I need for this exciting opportunity.
“During my stay in India, I will contribute to the local community and learn new skills that will be essential for my future life. I will explore and adapt to new environments, which I will begin to prepare for here in the UK so I have some idea of what to expect.”
Lauren will be one of a group of 30 students from the school taking part in the adventure and said it will be a completely new experience: “Most of my friends go abroad, but I’ve only been to Greece. “It’s a completely new thing and the environment will be completely different. I think it’s going to have an impact on my future life, and I’m looking forward to helping.”
To raise funds for the expedition, which is organised through the school, Lauren is holding an art exhibition in the town. It will feature original artworks produced on postcards by as many artists, friends and family that she can encourage to take part.
As part of this she sent out blank A5 postcards for people to produce pieces of artwork on, these will be included in the exhibition. It will take place at Firestone House on Derwent Street on Saturday, April 27, between 12pm and 4pm.
To raise further funds Lauren will take part in the Derby 10k on Sunday, and run a stall at a youth market.
Ivan Smith, who helped organise the event, said: “Lauren is my daughter’s best friend so I was happy to help her.
“I’m hoping that the exhibition captures people’s imagination, and they will also be able to donate after the event.”
The students will be staying in Delhi. Though it will mainly be an expedition the group will also spend time helping out in villages.